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Bill Maher Panel Discusses Racism And How "Stupid" Herman Cain Is

On Friday's "Real Time," Bill Maher and his panel of Rachel Maddow, Tom Friedman, Joshua Green (of Bloomberg), and Toure (one-word name) discussed the presence of racism in situations where it may not be obvious. For example, Toure goes back to an argument Maher made a few weeks ago that denying racism resists is the "new racism."

Speaking of situations where racism isn't evident to the people who discuss it, the entire panel either believes Herman Cain is not serious about running or that he is but just too "stupid" to be considered a serious candidate.

Rachel Maddow said she believes he is only running for president to increase his name recognition and speaking fees, Maher disagreed. He thinks Cain is seriously running for president, but he is just plain dumb.

Toure, who earlier said Herman Cain represents the "anti-intellectualism" part of the Republican party that they just love to embrace, says the candidate is "hijacking" the process to promote his "brand."

"You see, here's a good question about racism. I think people have been reluctant to say that Herman Cain is dumb and an idiot like Sarah Palin -- and we said it about her -- because they're afraid people [are going to say] 'you're just saying that because you're racist.' I'm not racist, I think he's dumb. I think he's really dumb because he didn't -- he didn't anticipate that if he was running for president people would ask him questions, about stuff," Maher told the panel.

Obviously Mr. Maher has been ignoring the news. Last week alone several so-called influential black commenters said in so many words that Cain is not black nor is he worthy of being black. See here, here and here.

And on Friday, a MSNBC host questioned Mr. Cain's intelligence, saying he doesn't think the presidential candidate would be able to spell Iraq.

Yet, it was Maher who accused Cain's supporters, and the Republican party, of being the real racists because they view Cain as their "black friend."

"My black friend Herman Cain says racism is over and they should just suck it up. Thats my black friend [who] said that. So you know it's okay," Maher said in a sarcastic tone.

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